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Empowering Others to Do More

Julie Debbs

By Julie Debbs
Student, Sacramento State

It starts with one thought: I can do more. At least that’s where it started with me.

My story begins more than 30 years ago, during a time where addiction and prostitution were the only things that mattered in life. When I finally was able to admit to myself that “I could do more,” I enrolled in a rehab program, cleaned up my life and started to take school seriously. It was then that I realized that I could also function in an advocacy role and use my unique history, combined with my education, to make a difference in the world.

At Sac State, I worked with professors Mimi Lewis and Dana Kivel to help build Community Against Sexual Harm (CASH), a program that assists sex workers in transitioning out of commercial sexual exploitation and into college. As a program coordinator, I provided women emotional support, encouragement and inspiration to move forward. More …

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A New Perspective

By Erin Enguero
CSU Trustees’ Award for Outstanding Achievement
Trustee William Hauck Scholar
Kinesiology Student at San José State

Erin Enguero at the Salzburg Global Seminar

Erin Enguero at the Salzburg Global Seminar

Every time one embarks upon a new adventure, the world changes: one’s perspective, knowledge, and most poignantly, identity. Whether a particular experience is a celebrated success, or the latest challenge overcome, every moment in our lives teaches a valuable lesson that will affect our future choices and decisions, especially in the quest for a higher education. After becoming the CSU trustees’ first hard of hearing awardee in 2012, I met many peers that helped me realize that human beings have an incredible capacity for resilience. Despite the drawbacks we must overcome, we still have the courage to move forward and go beyond expected boundaries to find meaning in our lives by making a difference.  More …

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Life’s Transitions

By Ian Ruddell
Chico State 2013 Graduate
CSU Student Trustee, 2011-2013
Hearst/CSU Trustees’ Scholar, 2010

Commencement at Chico State – from left to right: CSU Chancellor Timothy P. White, CSU Student Trustee Ian Ruddell and CSU Board of Trustees Chair Bob Linscheid

Commencement at Chico State – from left to right: CSU Chancellor Timothy P. White, CSU Student Trustee Ian Ruddell and CSU Board of Trustees Chair Bob Linscheid

Embracing Tim White and Bob Linscheid after receiving my bachelor’s degree, it hit me that this commencement at Chico State was my last official event as a California State University student and as a trustee. This was the end of an extraordinary experience and the beginning of a new journey.

Transitions always involve emotional reflection on growth, change, relationships lost and friends gained. My time at Chico State and in the CSU captured a period of personal realization, growth and change. I am leaving a lot of who I once was behind, including an identity and name.

Coming out to the CSU Board of Trustees as transgender, undergoing transition from female to male, was nerve-racking. In retrospect, their embracing support was a natural extension of the welcome they had extended me since my appointment. I also knew I had an ally in Chancellor White.

As an activist advocating for gender and sexual equity at Chico State and in systemwide student government, publicly sharing this life-changing moment was the logical decision as well as an educational opportunity for those around me. More …

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Transforming Lives through Education

Speech by Marilyn Thomas, San Francisco State student
and Maija Glasier-Lawson, Chico State student

The 2012 William Randolph Hearst/CSU Trustees' Award for Outstanding Achievement recipients

The 2012 William Randolph Hearst/CSU Trustees' Award for Outstanding Achievement recipients

Before an audience of alumni, faculty, administrators, CSU trustees, CSU Foundation governors, peers, friends and family, two students present themselves and their fellow recipients of the Hearst/CSU Trustees’ Award

As the 2012 Razi Scholar, Marilyn Thomas best exemplifies the principles of the award — financial need, personal hardships, and attributes of merit, including superior academic performance, exemplary community service, and significant personal achievements.  As the 2012 Galinson Scholar, Maija Glasier-Lawson best exemplifies extraordinary public service to her home, university or global community.

These remarks are as prepared prior to delivery on Sept. 18. More …

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Building the Door

By Marilyn Thomas
2012 Trustee Emeritus Ali C. Razi Scholar
SFSU Alumna, Master’s Student

Marilyn Thomas and her son at graduation.

Marilyn Thomas and her son at graduation

Milton Berle, of TV’s golden age, said “if opportunity doesn’t knock, build a door.” 

It was hard to hear opportunity knocking as I grew up in San Francisco’s most marginalized neighborhoods, dealt with the fall out of my parents’ substance abuse and became homeless at 15.  The closest thing to a golden age for my childhood came in the brief time my mother, brother and I lived in the middle–class suburb of Millbrae.  It was a struggle to meet the academic challenges of Mills High, but I discovered the joy of learning in my freshman and sophomore years of high school — that was until my family fell apart. More …

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Persevering through Despair

Believe, Achieve, Dream, Become
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By Tanisha Washington
Alumna of CSU Long Beach
2009 Hearst/CSU Trustees’ Scholar

Washington in graduation regalia following her completion of a CSU Long Beach degree in management information systems with a special emphasis in applications development

Washington in graduation regalia following her completion of a CSU Long Beach degree in management information systems with a special emphasis in applications development

“If you believe it, you can achieve it. If you can dream it, you can become it.” This quote has a lot of meaning to me. It was the theme of my valedictory speech when I graduated from community college and transferred to California State University. It was the opening line for my dinner speech when I celebrated earning my bachelor’s degree. Just as important, the first time I encountered this quote was on an oversized poster in the entrance to a homeless shelter I lived in on Skid Row in downtown Los Angeles.
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The Curved Path

By Chryste Lunyé Johnson
Humboldt State Alumna, BA in Psychology
Humboldt State Graduate Student, MSW

Chryste Lunyé Johnson showing her HSU pride

Chryste Lunyé Johnson showing her HSU pride

Back in my high school days – living in a poor Los Angeles neighborhood – it would have seemed impossible that I would move to the northern edge of California, bring my parents with me, and then successfully complete a bachelor’s program. 

The Educational Opportunity Program at Humboldt State made all of that possible.  The program reached out to me and encouraged me to apply to the university despite the distance.  The EOP/Student Support Services office continued to work with me to secure financial aid and get on the right educational track.  When Humboldt State EOP offered to hire me shortly after graduating with a bachelor’s in psychology, I jumped at the chance to make the same difference in the lives of other students. More …

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A Profile in Nursing

By Raymond “Austin” Nation,
Nursing Master’s Student at CSU Fullerton
2010 Hearst/CSU Trustees’ Scholar

Raymond "Austin" Nation, demonstrates hospital procedures with one of his peers. Nation is a Hearst/ CSU Trustees' scholarship recipient. In order to receive this award, a student must demonstrate academic excellence, community service, and perseverance over hardships.

Raymond "Austin" Nation, demonstrates hospital procedures with one of his peers. Nation is a Hearst/ CSU Trustees' scholarship recipient. In order to receive this award, a student must demonstrate academic excellence, community service, and perseverance over hardships.

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A Call to Serve

By Andre L. Wilson,
Student at CSU East Bay and Hearst/CSU Trustees’ Scholar

CSU East Bay student Andre Wilson and his wife Tracy Wilson both participate in Midnight Ministry, a program to bring food and clothing to the homeless.

CSU East Bay student Andre Wilson and his wife Tracy Wilson both participate in Midnight Ministry, a program to bring food and clothing to the homeless.

I was on a dark path–a homeless high school dropout addicted to alcohol and drugs. I fought through those bleak days until I could find my footing on the road to recovery. Recovery wasn’t easy, it required faith and perseverance along with the strength, aid, love and comfort of others.

Along the path to better myself I saw a billboard that read, “Education can transform your life.” How true that is. The message inspired me to get back to school, starting with an associate’s degree from Berkeley City College. I’m now a student at CSU East Bay, who understands that education is the means to freedom–economically and socially.
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CSU Super Sunday, Photos from Feb. 28

By the CSU Public Affairs Team

In the month of February, the CSU Super Sunday message reached nearly 100 churches in Northern, Central and Southern California. Below are just a few images from this past weekend,
Feb. 28. 

Cal State Long Beach Student and Hearst/CSU Trustees' Scholar Tanisha Washington shares her story of a journey through personal loss and poverty to become a highly successful student at the CSU with the congregation of Price Chapel AME in Los Angeles. Courtesy CSU Public Affairs

Cal State Long Beach Student and Hearst/CSU Trustees' Scholar Tanisha Washington shares her story of a journey through personal loss and poverty to become a highly successful student at the CSU with the congregation of Price Chapel AME in Los Angeles. Courtesy CSU Public Affairs

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